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the skint

We like this get-outta-town trend: Bon Iver recorded his For Emma, Forever Ago album in a remote Wisconsin cabin. Dubliner James Vincent McMorrow did something of the same thing (isolated house by the sea) and created the exquisite Early in the Morning. McMorrow is performing at Bowery Ballroom on 9/9.

Joel Grey talks about his life and career with the superb playwright Jon Robin Baitz at Museum of the City of NY on 8/1, 6:30pm.

An outdoor rollerskating rink comes to DUTHL (down under the High Line) for two months, starting today. $12 for adults, $10 for kids (part of the proceeds go to High Line maintenance). No charge for the first 500 skaters for the first three days.

indie rock Saturday: '90s emo legends Christie Front Drive reunite at The Bell House. Sunday: The Raveonettes + Eternal Summers play a free show @ Beekman Beer Garden. Just Announced… 10/21: Neon Indian. 11/3: The Drums.

movie The CeaseFire organization has a strategy for urban violence: treat it using disease control methods. Hoping to stop the infection at the source, Violence Interrupters (often former gang members) try to shut down potentially explosive situations before they can escalate. The documentary The Interrupters tracks, over the course of a year, three of the people trying to quell city violence. At IFC, starting tomorrow.

theater We're up for anything by Charles Busch. And the premise alone of Olive and the Bitter Herbs, his new play at Primary Stages had us chuckling: it's about an actress, played by Julie Halston, whose career high was a sausage commercial in the '80s, and her neighbors, who invite themselves over to her apartment for a Passover Seder. House of bondage jokes? We hope!

art Currently at Museum of Arts and Design, Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities. It is a show of small-scale and composed worlds, some of which look lovely, while other manifest anxieties familiar from our own troubled landscape.

out of town It's no longer a requirement for Parisian hotels to have creaky elevators, bad wallpaper, and affronted front desk clerks. But it's unlikely you've ever stayed anywhere in Paris quite like HI Matic. More

skint - adj. british slang (1930-35)
lacking funds, broke, bust, stone-broke, impecunious

Around town this weekend, courtesy of the skint: a daily listing of free and cheap things to buy, see, do and eat in New York.

thurs: free tickets become available this morning for lincoln center's free mostly mozart preview concert at avery fisher hall on 7/30

fri @ dusk: free outdoor movie tonight: toy story 3 (hudson river park, pier 46)

sat 5pm-10pm: the annual american roots music festival 'ponderosa stomp' returns to lincoln center with ronnie spector, lala brooks (the crystals), leslie gore, and a bunch of other '60s girl group singers. part of lincoln center out of doors. damrosch park bandshell, free.

sun 11am: walking tours manhattan leads you on a stroll to 4 chocolate makers in chelsea, greenwich village, and soho. meet at lulu bake boutique (8th ave bet 15th + 16th). $5 donation goes to food bank for new york city. pay-as-you-go.

sat-sun 12-5pm: the first annual new york poetry festival on governors island brings 30+ reading series and 100 poets together. free.

Coney Island (from 2009)

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